The slaying of King Birendra and practically every other close relation shrouded this kingdom in the darkest gloom. The affable, retiring monarch has by now been reduced to ashes, together with the rest of his kin. For the Nepali people, whose lifeblood has been steadily sapped by the selfish play of the inept and corrupt commoner politicians over the past decade, this seemed like the end of the world.
Fortunately, Nepal and its young democracy remained standing. The institutions have held through this most extreme of tests, with the PM and cabinet still in place, a horrendous succession smoothly handled and the army firmly in the barracks. It is now up to those left behind to pick up the pieces—and use this tragedy to begin to try and make proper use of parliamentary democracy. The constitutional monarchy backing this democracy was the late king's bequest to his people.